A connected workforce that reflects the communities where we operate helps us meet the needs of our diverse customer-base, and different ideas and perspectives help us innovate, manage risk, and grow the business in a sustainable way.
People from many different backgrounds contribute to HSBC’s success, and being inclusive is an expression of our values to be dependable, open and connected.
Our actions are focused on making HSBC UK a place where people are valued, respected and supported to fulfil their potential. We work hard to foster an environment where people can speak up to remove barriers to success, and collaborate to put the best ideas into practice.
We also know there is more we can do, and we are committed to creating a more inclusive culture for colleagues and customers.
We expect our people to treat each other with dignity and respect, creating an inclusive culture to support equal opportunities.
We do not tolerate discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation on any ground, including age, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, mental or physical health conditions, disability, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or other domestic circumstances, employment status, working hours or other flexible working arrangements, or religion or belief.
Helping colleagues thrive
We have a number of programmes and initiatives in place to support and help all our colleagues reach their full potential. Examples include:
Informing an inclusive culture
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is embedded in our hiring, on-boarding and development programmes, with information and training delivered by the bank as well as through external partners. Examples include:
Employee Networks and Resource Groups
We know that the expertise and experiences of our employees is a valuable resource, and that we have a great deal to learn from each other.
Our Employee Resource Groups are part of global voluntary networks that bring together colleagues with shared characteristics and common interests, championing education and awareness programs, facilitating open discussion of workplace issues, and consulting with senior leadership.
Groups in the UK include those focused on age, gender, ethnicity, faith, LGBT+, working parents and carers, and ability. Additionally, a wide range of employee communities have been formed, including those focused on flexible working, mindfulness, the military, Chinese society and culture, and Executive Assistants.
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HSBC UK works with a wide range of partners who share our commitment to diversity and inclusion, working together to improve and amplify the impact of our initiatives and programmes. We continuously look beyond our business, to measure ourselves against the high standards set by experts and industry benchmarks so that we can continuously develop and improve.
Through our work with Carers UK we have achieved the Carer Confident Standard.
This certificate of achievement is presented to employers who have demonstrated that they have built an inclusive workplace where carers are recognised, respected and supported.
HSBC UK uses the Disability Standard developed by Business Disability Forum to measure and improve on performance for disabled customers, clients or service users, employees and stakeholders.
Race at Work Charter
HSBC UK is a founder signatory of the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter and its 5 commitments:
We want HSBC UK to be a place where all our people are valued, respected and supported to achieve their full potentialIan Stuart, CEO, HSBC UK
Women in Finance Charter
In March 2016, HSBC UK was one of the first signatories to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter. We have met the four pledges to: